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Dr. Shayda Kafai (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, disabled, Mad femme of color, she commits to practicing the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from systems of oppression. To support this work as an educator-scholar, Shayda applies disability justice and collective care practices in the spaces she cultivates.

Shayda’s writing and speaking presentations focus on intersectional body politics, particularly on how bodies are constructed and how they hold they hold the capacity for rebellion. From discussions of madness, disclosure, and queer femme politics to disabled, queer of color performance art, Shayda works to reframe our most disempowered bodyminds as vehicles of change-making.

In honor of self-care and her communities, Shayda is also an artmaker and co-founder of CripFemmeCrafts with her wife, Amy. They make art that empowers all our bodyminds, particularly centering the magic and joy-making that comes from the wisdom and beauty of disabled, Fat bodyminds of color.

Find Shayda's CV here.

Find open access copies of Shayda's publications here.

Find a copy of the Crip Kinship Press Kit here.

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